Tokebi the Skull Artist:
Tokebi (Korean: 도깨비 “ddokkaebi”), is a Guatemalan artist, illustrator and university professor. Tokebi is known for his bright neon colors and quirky line work, mixing retro and sci-fi influences, and using skulls and skeletons as main characters. He is alson known for the nickname “Tokebi the Skull Artist” or “The Skull Wizard”.
Thanks to social media, most of Tokebi’s career has evolved online, with his artwork being sent as far as Australia, Netherlands, Argentina, Korea and Japan.
Tokebi was born in the city of Guatemala (Guatemala) in 1981.
Tokebi took interest in rock music and one of his defining moments was listening to heavy metal band Metallica for the first time at age seven. Since then, his taste in music has developed towards rockabilly music and instrumental rock. Later Tokebi would integrate himself into the music scene, collaborating with bands through his art.
In 2003 Tokebi moved to Chicago to pursue his dream of becoming a game developer, but a lack of economical resources pushed him to study multimedia design, which he applies in his visual art compositions. In 2010 he moved to Seoul, South Korea to study the language and immerse himself in the culture in order to gather information he could use in his art.
Always an Asian devote, Tokebi used Korea as is HQ and traveled frequently to other parts of Asia to gather inspiration, but it was Japan and Korea, with their neon lights and vibrant culture that caught his attention. This, together with the old western culture of the United States, became the main inspiration for his work.
Tokebi’s skulls have transformed from a mere celebration of the macabre to his own story and experience in which a link between two worlds, the living and the undead is always open, each of them with their own skills and rules.
Tokebi skulls are more similar to the aliens of the 1988’s film ‘They Live” than the actually death or Grim Reaper himself.
Tokebi Skulls are a mixture of Mayan and Asian mysticism and mythology with the prowess of the Western Civilization, hence the use of cyberpunk, vaporwave and steampunk trends in Tokebi’s work.
Psychedelia has been a part of the Tokebi’s main color scheme, hence the use of third black light colors, used back in the 60’s and also neon colors based on palettes used back in the 80s.